nagada weavers

 

 

Weavers as shown in the tomb of Nefer-ronpet. Dated in Thebes around 1200BC

Weavers as shown in the tomb of Nefer-ronpet. Dated in Thebes around 1200BC

Originally known as Ombos in classical antiquity and then Nubt in Ancient Egypt, Nagada is home to a deep rooted heritage. Its location on the west bank of the River Nile just 20km north of Luxor is not favorable for agriculture and therefore the community turned to weaving as a means of sustenance. Working on the same looms as their  pharaoh ancestors, the livelihood and economy of the weavers in the village originally depended on the Sudanese ferka (a long sari-like cloth worn by Sudanese brides). The outbreak of civil war in Sudan terminated that market, pulling down the economy of the village with it. It is the intention of Nuun Interiors, in collaboration with the company Nagada to try and maintain this weaving industry. Through publicity and support, these weavers can preserve the traditions of their forefathers. You can support these weavers by purchasing their fabric in the online shop or have bespoke soft furnishings produced for your home. Just contact us for any further information.